Boss hails defensive improvement

Norwich City

Chris Hughton claims Norwich are developing into the "secure unit" they must be to survive in the Barclays Premier League.

After failing to register a victory in their first seven league games, the Canaries have chalked up two in the last three since the international break following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stoke at Carrow Road.

Norwich have also tightened up at the back, returning two successive clean sheets at home in their revival – a stark contrast to earlier in the campaign when they leaked goals on a regular basis.

Hughton feels the signs are positive for the battles ahead. “We are not making the individual errors now that we had been,” the Norwich manager said.

“In the games where we conceded a lot of goals, we let them in at bad times, and because of that you have to open up a bit to try to get back into the game, as a consequence of that we conceded more.

“Now we look more compact, we are not scoring the amount of goals we would like or making life easy for ourselves, but you can’t have everything. At the moment, though, we are looking a fairly secure unit.”